Members’ Equipment Sale – 17th October

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On October 17th we will be holding a Members’ Equipment Sale.

With Winter fast approaching, many turn to construction projects to help fill those long, dark nights. Our sale is just the place to find that obscure part or perhaps a restoration project to work on.

Bargains are to be had, as sellers tend to keep their prices to a sensible level and there is always the option to haggle a bit!

You may wish to bring along items to sell or just browse the tables as a buyer – all are welcome to attend.

Fees are as follows:

  • SDARC Member Seller’s Table – Free
  • Non Member Seller’s Table – £3
  • SDARC Member Entrance – Free
  • Non Member Entrance – £1
  • Refreshments – £1.50 (all)

Club Christmas Dinner 2019

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Yes, you may have become so embroiled in the machinations at Westminster that you failed to notice that Christmas is just around the corner!!!!

Following our recent two successful visits to the Harvester in Blunsdon, we are again booked in there for our Christmas Dinner and Awards evening.

This year’s date for your diary is Thursday 5th December. We are nominally booked for 19.30 for 19.45.

You have a choice of a 2 course menu for £15.49 or a 3 course one for £18.99.


Please see the above files for menu choices and a form to bring along to the club when making payment.

Minimum deposit of £5 on initial booking or you can choose the pay the full amount.


New Licencees

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Congratulations are due to three brand new licensees.  Club members John, Steve & Kris all passed their Foundation exam last Saturday with SDARC.  All three candidates passed with excellent scores and we look forward to hearing them on the bands shortly.

Thanks also to Mike M5CBS for kindly providing the exam venue and refreshments.

11/07/2019 – 50MHz UKAC

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There will be an attempt to participate in the 50MHz UKAC this evening from Pine Trees using a Moxon antenna. If conditions are poor then the fallback is to 40m.

FM Activity Contest Resources

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A few weeks ago Dom gave us a talk on the FM Activity Contents (FMAC) and promised to provide links to some useful resources he uses. Please find them below.

Dom also reports he is extremely happy with the upturn in activity during these contests and hopes to keep working you in the future.

Programme Change – Short Talk: FMAC!

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Dom has agreed to give us a 20-30 minute introduction to FM activity contests. The aim is to inspire you to take part and to help the club climb the league tables.

UKAC Report

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We are up to tenth place this month from twelfth in the 2M UKAC.  Thanks to the efforts of M0IEP, M1CJE, M1KDJ & 2E0WHQ.  If you fancy having a go the contests are on a Tuesday evening.  For more info talk to one of the above or just switch the rig on and have a go.  Rules are available at Entering just one contest will help the overall club score.

Construction Competition 2019 Results

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Congratulations to all the participants. The entries were of a great standard. The judging was performed by G4LDL, G0VTA and M1DST.

The entries were as follows…


  • M1CJE – RF Power Meter – Winner!


  • M0RFI – Capacitive Touch Paddle with Keyer – Winner!
  • M0ZGB – UnUn
  • M0ZGB – Clock Face
  • M1CJE – Clamp-on RF Meter


  • M7RTX – Shortwave Receiver – Winner!


  • M0ZGB- Lindenblad 70CM Antenna – Winner!
  • M1CJE – Sleeve Choke

The judges decided that the overall winner of the evening was M0RFI with his keyer.

It would be great to see even more entries next year. Time to start building.

G3JOT – Frank Whatley SK ●●●▬●▬

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Frank operating in the 2004 VHF NFD

Peacefully at the Great Western Hospital on 4th March 2019, aged 96 years, with his family by his side. Devoted and loving husband to Daisy, he will be sadly missed by his daughter Karen and son-in-law Michael, grandchildren Alex and Jess and all who knew him.

The funeral was held on 25th March 2019 at the Kingsdown crematorium.

Frank was an avid radio amateur and was appointed President of the radio club in recognition for his length of service. He was referenced in an Evening Advertiser article as Auditor as far back as 1955 but we are unsure how much further back Frank’s commitment to the club spanned.

Members’ Construction Competition Rules 2019

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Soldering IronWe are holding the Construction Competition next week!

The aim of this annual Spring contest is to encourage members to build either radio equipment or ancillary items which enhance their radio operations and to exhibit these to encourage others to follow their example.

Entries can include any radio-related equipment or software, for example, Morse oscillator, test unit, QRP rig, computer/radio interface, PSU, Tx/Rx, linear, antenna, ATU…..

Entries can have been built at any time, but to be accepted as an entry, they must not have been entered in any previous SDARC construction contest.

If YOU have built something that helps you operate, why not enter it?  Remember it is not necessarily the most complex equipment that wins!

Provide sufficient details with your entry to help judges understand the purpose and operation of the entry….”Sell” the concept and its usefulness through your description, diagrams, circuits etc!

The contest will have five principal Product categories:-

Homebrew – This will be for equipment built completely by the club member. (If the equipment is a magazine project with a PCB available, then, the PCB may be used.)

Kit – This will be for equipment built from a kit. The kit should require some soldering to component level.

Hybrid – This will be for homebrew equipment which also contains one or more kits.

Antenna – This will be for special homebrew antenna systems. For this type of contest entry, the member will just need to provide photographs of the antenna together with a specification, a drawing and details of the construction. A list of countries worked with the antenna should also be provided.

Software – This category will be for radio-related software. This can be either, a new piece of “stand-alone” software, or a piece written to add extra features to some existing software.

In addition, three Constructor categories may be brought to bear:-

Novice – This will be for those members who have not previously built or exhibited any equipment.

GeneralThis will be for those members who have built and entered previously.

Professional – This may be awarded to experienced constructors whose work is of an exceptional standard.

The number of Awards will reflect the scope of entries and may include awards made to deal with tie-break situations.

The judges’ decisions on all the awards are final.

Please complete an entry form beforehand so you can bring it on the night. You can download the entry form here.